Press Release

Heavy Travel Expected on Express Lanes Memorial Day Weekend

May 20, 2015

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Alexandria, Va.– Today,the 95 Express Lanes issued a reminder of critical Express Lanes travel tips as Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approach.  Since opening approximately six months ago, the 95 Express Lanes have provided more than 550,000 customers with a faster, more predictable travel option, saving some customers more than two hours.  But as drivers travel southbound on particularly heavy traffic days – when substantial delays on the regular lanes often extend to Fredericksburg – customers can experience delays as they exit to the stand-still or slow-moving regular lanes.

The 95 Express Lanes use on-road signs to alert customers of delays during peak travel times when traveling southbound through Prince William County:

  • Express Lanes travelers will see an advisory sign in advance of the Quantico/Joplin Road exit, which alerts drivers of congestion ahead on the Lanes.  The sign will indicate approximately how far ahead the delays begin, for example “CONGESTION 3 MILES AHEAD”
  • Drivers can use the information on the sign to decide whether to exit the Lanes at Joplin or continue to Garrisonville Road
  • If delays increase, signage before the Joplin Road exit  will advise travelers to exit to the regular lanes using the message “EXIT NOW TO AVOID DELAYS”  

“Before drivers hit the road for Memorial Day, we want to make sure they understand the tools we use to communicate about delays and their travel options in the southern section of the 95 Express Lanes,” said Nic Barr, Vice President, Operations, Transurban.  “The information provided via on-road signs will help drivers make the best decision for their trip.”

In addition to watching for travel updates on advisory signage, drivers should keep the following tips in mind for the summer travel season:

  • If possible, depart before 2 p.m. or after 8 p.m. on Fridays before holiday weekends and during the summer travel season
  • Be aware that delays can occur on Thursday evenings as well as Saturday mornings before peak travel holidays
  • Review current conditions and toll prices on the Lanes by checking the 95 Express Lanes traffic cameras and reviewing pricing signs on the On the Road Now page
  • Sign up for price alerts on the website and follow the Express Lanes on Twitter @VAExpressLanes for updates
  • Riding with family and friends?  If you have at least two passengers with you in your vehicle, don’t forget to put your E-ZPass® FlexSM in HOV mode for a toll-free trip
  • Travel safely this summer by buckling up, obeying speed limits and avoiding distracted driving

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on the Capital Beltway and I-95 to provide drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia.  Together the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for more than 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County. Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of northern Virginia’s most congested roadways.  For more information, please visit ExpressLanes.com

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